Before TRON: Legacy was released in theaters in 2010, The Walt Disney Studios announced that director Joseph Kosinski would return to direct a third film in the franchise. 10 years later, and a lot has changed.
Now, Deadline is reporting that Garth Davis (Mary Magdalene, the Oscar-nominated Lion) is set to direct with Jared Leto starring. The site says that “though he is not known for big-budget projects, insiders say Davis aggressively pursued the job, eventually winning over execs.”
Jesse Wigutow wrote the script for the film, which will be produced by Leto, Justin Springer and Emma Ludbrook.
After Deadline published the news, Leto confirmed he would star but may have also inadvertently revealed the title of the new Tron movie. When he posted the below on his socials, he actually said he was going to star in Tron: Ares. He then updated the post to just say Tron.
“I’m struck with such gratitude for the opportunity to bring this movie to life, especially as both the original video game and the film affected me so deeply as a young child,” said Leto. “The fact that I get to be a part of this new chapter is mind-blowing.”
The actor added: “I am so very excited and proud to confirm that YES – I will be starring in TRON. We will work as hard as we possibly can to create something that I hope you all will love. We have some very special ideas in store for you all…Hugging face. See you in the grid!”
In Tron, a brilliant video game maker named Kevin Flynn (Bridges) hacks the mainframe of his ex-employer. He is beamed inside an astonishing digital world and becomes part of the very game he is designing.
Starring Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner, and Michael Sheen, TRON: Legacy (buy at Amazon) opened in theaters in December of 2010 and grossed $400 million at the worldwide box office, with $172 million coming from domestic theaters and $228 million from overseas.
In the movie, Samuel “Sam” Flynn (Hedlund) learns of a cryptic signal originating from the arcade of legendary game creator Kevin Flynn, who’s been missing for over a decade. Sam embarks on a personal journey with the help of the fearless female warrior Quorra (Wilde), father and son venture through an incredible cyber universe and wage the ultimate battle of good versus evil.
Leto has been attached to star in the third Tron movie since 2017. Deadline does mention that the movie has not been given the green light yet. It is unclear how the new movie will connect to the previous two films.
The last time we heard about the project was in June, when The Walt Disney Studios President of Music & Soundtracks, Mithel Leib, said on the Light the Fuse podcast that it is the intention for Daft Punk to once again serve as composers on the third film’s soundtrack score.
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